California Limo Industry Cites Exemplary Safety Record

LOS ANGELES, May 23, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- With prom and graduation season underway, California's more than 6,000 licensed limousine companies - operating more than 35,000 vehicles from sedans and Town Cars to stretch limousines and luxury buses - are ready to provide chauffeured transportation with the highest standards of safety and security, the President of the Greater California Livery Association (GCLA) said today.

"California limousine operators have an exemplary safety record," said Mark Stewart. "From the selection and supervision of their chauffeurs to the rigorous inspections and maintenance of their well-maintained and carefully inspected commercial vehicles, GCLA members provide high-quality transportation services to tens of thousands of guests each year, safely transporting them more than 400 million miles on the state's freeways and roads."

Stewart noted that California limousine companies, known as charter-party carriers, are licensed and regulated by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). They must adhere to strict safety and service regulations that protect the public, and ensure a high quality transportation experience.

The CPUC issues operating authority to companies (except taxicabs) that are for hire to transport passengers, including charter buses and limousines. Companies must display their CPUC file number on their vehicles and in advertisements; for example, "PSC 1234" or "TCP 1234."

The CPUC requires a minimum of $750,000 public liability and property damage insurance, and depending on how many passengers the vehicle will seat, the CPUC may require more insurance, up to $5,000,000. Drivers must be covered by workers' compensation insurance.

The GCLA recommends consumers review the CPUC's 10 Roads to a Smooth Ride: Everything You Need to Know Before You Rent a Limousine on the agency's website.

About The GCLA: The Greater California Livery Association is a statewide 501-c6 non-profit association, comprised of duly licensed member limousine and bus companies. We work closely with manufacturers, coachbuilders, support services and vendors, airport authorities, local, state and federal regulatory agencies, to ensure that the needs and concerns of our members are being considered and to promote and protect our industry.

The purpose of the GCLA is to address common problems of the private livery industry by all lawful means, and to be an advocate for the private livery industry through appropriate professional counsel and representation, to collaborate and cooperate with other related industries and organizations, and to act in a manner consistent with the public interest, as well as in the interest of this industry and trade.

The GCLA also provides a statewide as well as a local forum for the exchange of information and views by members of the GCLA, as well as a mechanism for the collection of information to inform members about matters of mutual interest and concern. Finally, the Greater California Livery Association (GCLA) promotes a level playing field for legal operators and will assist regulatory authorities in the elimination of illegal Limousine Operators. By accomplishing this, the general public will know they are in a safe, insured vehicle.

CONTACT: Paul Haney (626) 755-4759 or Eric Rose (805) 624-0572Source:The Greater California Livery Association